Balfour Beatty hands over £42m Lossiemouth High School

Balfour Beatty hands over £42m Lossiemouth High School

The third phase of the new Lossiemouth High School was handed over by Balfour Beatty last month, marking the completion of the £42 million new-build project. 

The demolition of the former school building and community centre, an external all-weather sports pitch, an extension to the car park and a new footpath have been delivered as part of the £3.1m Phase 3 works. The 3G sports pitch will also be available to local schools and sporting groups during evenings and weekends.

The new-build project comprised of three phases, with Phase 1 seeing the completion of the main school building, which can accommodate up to 800 pupils, in April 2021. Phase 2 works included traffic calming measures and the resurfacing and upgrading of the existing school car park which forms part of the new car park. The project was developed and delivered by Hub North Scotland with Balfour Beatty undertaking the construction.

Lossiemouth High School head teacher, Janice Simpson, said that the completion of the final phase will allow the school to continue providing modern education, sports and community facilities for the local area to enjoy.

“The new 3G sports pitch is an excellent and welcome resource for our pupils to enjoy and we very much look forward to delivering the curriculum in this outdoor space. Our aim at Lossiemouth High School is to ensure that every child leaves with the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in their next steps, and we feel very fortunate to have such a wonderful learning environment in which to achieve this.”

Ewen Fowlie, project director for hub North Scotland, said: “This is a landmark moment for what has been a fantastic project, which is already bringing many benefits for the Lossiemouth community.

“It has now been a year since the new school opened with pupils, staff and the public enjoying wonderful facilities. The completion of the new 3G sports pitch and other final works is the culmination of a lot of hard work by all involved to deliver a building that will be enjoyed by generations to come.”

Jim McCluskie, senior project lead at Balfour Beatty, said: “This is a significant achievement, testament to the skills and expertise of our people who have worked closely and collaboratively with hub North Scotland and Moray Council over the last few years.

“With the final phase of the project now complete, we are delighted that students and the local community alike, will be able to fully enjoy the wide range of facilities available across the new, improved learning campus.”

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